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Diane Savona
Passaic, NJ
Mixed Media, Fiber Art

Artwork Details
salvaged textiles
22" x 22"

Diane Savona is an artist and collector of domestic artifacts. By incorporating clothing and tools, she connects her work to the people in her community, both past and present. She was a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, and a winner of a 2008 NJ Council on the Arts Fellowship Award.

Her work has been shown in galleries and museums, and on the cover of Fiberarts Magazine. The Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ hosted her one woman show, Closet Archaeology, in 2010.

She has exhibited work at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, Aljira in Newark, in FibertArts Magazine, and in the book 500 Art Quilts by Lark Books.

"Like an archaeologist digging out the remains of ancient cultures, I search out estate sales, looking for the recent artifacts of past generations," writes Diane. "Crocheted doilies and embroidered tablecloths - common in our grandmother's lives - are becoming extinct. By presenting them as unearthed specimens, I hope to change viewer perception of our textile heritage.

"Some of the buttons, buckles, and small tools embedded under cloth can be read as columns of hieroglyphic symbols. Some have been cut out and removed, like the looted artifacts at many archaeological sites."

Diane will be showing her art as part of Consuming Boundaries, a four-person show at the Perkins Gallery in Collingswood, NJ (March 31 to May 12).